Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Skipping Stones- Challenge #130

Good morning!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  It's Inspiration Tuesday with Skipping Stones design and we are taking a holiday from our usual sketch challenges this week to try something a bit different, a color challenge.

I took cues from the surf, sand, and those fabulous umbrellas to create the following card: 

On a white panel, I stamped the feather from Victorian Summer is a few different ink colors.  The sentiment, from Sentiment Frames, was stamped in kraft ink.  I mounted the completed panel to a kraft card base, rounded the bottom corner and added a few gems to finish off the card. 

Now it's your turn to create a card inspired by these colors, simply link up your version to the Skipping Stones blog by next Monday night.  One participant will win a free Skipping Stones set of her choice!!!

That's all for me today.  Thank you for stopping by!  Hope your week is off to a great start!


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Winner, Winner- Grapeful

Good morning!

Just popping on bright and early to share the winner of Grapeful from the Skipping Stones and Twinery blog festivities earlier this week.  And it's Alma Dirpaul!!!

Blogger Alma Dirpaul said...
That sentiment just made LOL. I know the perfect person to send that to. Love your cards.

May 22, 2012 12:31 PM

Congratulations Alma.  I am so glad that you know the perfect person to send this card to, because the whole set is yours to play with and enjoy! Please drop me an email at scrappy_diva (at) yahoo (dot) com and let me know where I can send your new stampy goodness.

Have a great holiday weekend!


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Once Upon A Time...

....there was a girl
and she was very brave
and she was amazing
and I was so proud of her

When I saw tIhese sentiments that Claire included in her new Half-Pint Heroines set, I am not going to lie, I fell hard.  As a momma to two little girls, these sweet sentiments so perfectly capture what I want them to know most of all.

I wanted to share a card I created for this month's Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Party. I use Half-Pint Heroines to create a "lunch box" card for my daughter, Paige.

Because I love these sentiments so, I really let them take center stage on the card. I framed the sentiment with patterned paper and a delicate scallop edge created with an EK Success edger punch.  The patterned paper is from Echo Park- This and That collection.  The die is Mat Stack 4 from Papertrey Ink and a little doily and heart sticker surrounded the die cut.  

Going with the theme of this month's blog hop to use felt or cozy fabrics on our project, I added a felt bow in teal to "tie" everything together so to speak.  The felt bow is by Prima.

I do hope that Paige likes the card.  I wish I could be there to see her face when she opens the card in her lunch tomorrow morning.

That's all for me today.  Thank you so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Introducing Grapeful- SSD and Twinery Blog Hop

Good morning!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  It's a big, big day because Skipping Stones Designs is celebrating the release of our newest set, Grapeful and we are partnering with The Twinery to do it up big!

If you are hopping along today, you should have arrived from Amy's Crockett's blog.  If not, please visit The Twinery or Skipping Stones Design to pick up the hop order from the beginning.

Using Grapeful, I created a card using our sketch artist, Heidi Van Laar's, fantastic sketch as a starting point.

I started by stamping the very funny sentiments on a circle patterned paper.  I stamped the martini glass and citrus wedges, fussy cut them and added some Stickles to mimic the look of a sugared or salted rim. I adhered the citrus to the top of the card to create a scalloped edge.

The Twinery sent us an awesome sampler of twine to play with, and I added a band of twine and I created a frame with the twine, by running some glue around the circle and adhering two strands of twine. A few blue pearls finished off the card. All the patterned papers are from Heidi Swapp's Sugar Chic collection.

A Sale
Skipping Stones PMS (Purchase More Stamps) Sale has been continued through Memorial Day, May 28th! Simply fill your cart and enter the appropriate code at check out and enjoy the savings!

  • PMS1 for 5% off 
  • PMS2 for 2 stamp sets and 10 % off 
  • PMS3 for 3 sets and 15% off 
  • PMS4 for 4 sets at 20% off. 
  • PMS5 for 5 sets at 25% off 
  • PMS6 for 6 sets or more at 30% OFF- WOW!!!

A LOT of Contests!
What's a hop without a contest or two or several, really?

The Twinery will be giving away a 'Colorful Bunch Sampler Pack' (retail $20) to one lucky hopper.  To enter, simply visit each blog on the hop (remember this is a two day event) and leave a comment. The Winner will be announced on The Twinery Blog on Sunday, May 27th.

Skipping Stones Design will also be giving away 2 sets Grapeful + a special surprise set to one lucky winner- comment like crazy to win.

The deadline for leaving comments is 11:59pm EDT, Friday May 25th.

AND.... I just happen to have an extra Grapeful set that I will be giving away.  Leave a comment below if you would like to have a chance to win.  All comments must be received by Friday night at midnight EDT. I will be announcing the winner of the Grapeful set, right here on my blog on Saturday morning.

Finally, don't forget Skipping Stones weekly sketch contest. Upload your take on this week's sketch to the Skipping Stones blog by next Monday, May 28 at midnight EDT for a chance to win a FREE Skipping Stones stamp set of your choice.  You don't even have to use Skipping Stones Stamps to play along.

Well, I am the last stop on the blog hop for Tuesday, but don't be sad, because we are going to have another fabulous Skipping Stones + Twinery hop tomorrow with more Skipping Stones and Twiney goodness.  The party starts at 8 a.m. EDT at The Twinery blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Happy Birthday!


Happy Sketchy Tuesday, friends! Just wanted to share a little card I created for this week's sketch challenge at Skipping Stones Design.  Using Heidi Van Laar's awesome sketch, here is what I came up for this week:

The party hat started off life as a triangle tag.  I stamped dots from Garden Stamp Kiss and topped the hat with the sparkler image from Cupcake Cutie. A little rickrack embellishment on the bottom edge finished off the hat.  I mounted the hat on a background created from the sprinkles from the cupcake set and overlaid the music image from Timeless Textures.

The sentiment is from Grunge 1 stamped in brown ink and finished with a wooden button from Prima.

Ready to take on this week's sketch?  Here it is!

Just link your take on the sketch to the Skipping Stones blog by next Monday night for a chance to win a free Skipping Stones set of your choice.  You don't even have to use Skipping Stones stamps, just show us your take on the sketch. 

Well, that's it for me today!  Be sure to check out the other DT gals and our guests for more inspiration using  the sketch. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 13, 2012



Hope you had a lovely weekend and a Happy Mother's Day!  I got a few blissful moments in my craft room to create a card using Waltzingmouse Stamp's French Country and Chicken wire.  The layout for this card was inspired by this card by Ashley Cannon Newell (thanks Ashley!).

The main panel of the card is Vintage Cream.  I stamped the top portion with the small Chicken wire and the bottom with the tile pattern from french country. The stripes are decorative tape from Martha Stewart.  I did adhere the tapes to a separate pieces of cardstock to avoid the stamped pattern showing through.  Once all the tapes were laid out, I adhered them to the panel at a diagonal and trimmed the excess.  

I stamped the rooster and sentiment in dark chocolate ink and finished the panel with a bit of twine + a red button.  All of the edges were inked and then the finished panel was adhered to a kraft card base. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!  


Stamps: French Country and Chicken Wire (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Tea Dye Duo, Kraft, Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Button: PTI
Twine: May Arts
Other: Decorate Tape (EK Success)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Lots of spots and polka dots

Hello everyone! 

It's Feature Friday at Skipping Stones Design and I wanted to share a quick and easy card that I made inspired by some summer shopping. 

A few weeks back, I was flipping through Hanna Andersson's latest catalog and came across this adorable sundress. 

I loved the colors and the style and challenged myself to create a card based on the dress as inspiration.

Using Grunge and Garden Stamp Kiss, I came up with this very clean and simple card: 

I used the two circle stamps from Garden Stamp Kiss to stamp random dots in pink, yellow, grey and orange. 

I then stamped the sentiment from Grunge in black and finished off the panel with a bit of grid patterned washi tape.  I matted the finished card on a grey card base. 

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a great day! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Thinking of You

Happy Sketchy Tuesday!

Just wanted to share a little card that I created for Skipping Stones Sketch #127.  I recently got my hot little hands on one of Skipping Stones older releases, Victorian Summer, and all I can say is this one is truly swoon-worthy, friends.

I stuck pretty close to the sketch because it was just perfect for the look I was trying to achieve.  I stamped the large flower from Victorian Summer onto 3 die cut flowers that I scruffed up and bit, layers and attached together with some adhesive and a large brad.  I stamped the rose vine on the project in two corners using a very light tea dye ink- I really love how it almost looks like it's part of the patterned paper.  The sentiment was stamped on a banner die that I trimmed and inked up a bit.

Here is a look at this week's sketch:

Skipping Stones Design hosts a sketch challenge each week on the blog and the winner gets to select a free set of choice. Head over to the Skipping Stones blog for more details and to link up your fabulous creation.  While you are there, check out the amazing parade of inspiration featuring the design team and our guests!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Make it a great one!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

For a Wonderful Mother

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Well, it's May already and it's Tuesday which means we have new friends joining us at Skipping Stones Designs, a new sketch artist AND a new sketch!  That is a whole lotta newness round these parts.

First up, our sketch artist this month is none other than the fabulous Heidi Van Laar- I think you have heard of her, right? Our other guest designers are the equally fabulous Taylor Usry and Jennifer Rzasa.

Here is my card using Heidi's first sketch:

I used Beautiful Botanicals and Dandelion Dreams to create this mother's day.   It seems like you can never have too many of those this time of year!  The yummy blue and yellow papers are Lily Bee designs.

Here is another look.

For more inspiration, be sure to check out our guests and the other DT gals!  This is the sketch we are using today.

Are you ready to give this sketch a whirl?  Link up your version to the Skipping Stones blog by next Monday for a chance to win a free set of your choice!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful May Day!